Public Holidays in Colombia for 2019
If you have plans to start a business in Colombia, it is essential to find out the public holidays of the country other than its compulsory rest days for employees. This is to honour utmost respect for those celebrating the public holidays as well as organize employee replacement should the need arise.
The following are public holidays for Colombia in 2019. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced.
Dates of the Colombia Public Holiday 2019
|1 January||Tuesday||New Year’s Day|
|7 January*||Monday||Epiphany Holiday|
|25 March*||Monday||St Joseph’s Day|
|18 April||Thursday||Maundy Thursday|
|19 April||Friday||Good Friday|
|1 May||Wednesday||Labour Day|
|3 June*||Monday||Ascension Day Holiday|
|24 June*||Monday||Corpus Christi Holiday|
|1 July*||Monday||Feast of St Peter and St Paul|
|1 July||Monday||Sacred Heart Day|
|20 July||Saturday||Independence Day|
|7 August||Wednesday||Battle of Boyaca Day|
|19 August*||Monday||Assumption Day Holiday|
|14 October||Monday||Columbus Day Holiday|
|4 November*||Monday||All Saints’ Day Holiday|
|8 December||Sunday||Immaculate Conception|
|25 December||Wednesday||Christmas Day|
Click here for more information from https://publicholidays.co original release which Public Holidays Global has published.
Movable Holiday Dates
As seen in this table, public holidays with an asterisk (*) fall on Monday. In actuality, the original dates are different as these religious public holidays are calculated on a lunar cycle. In Colombia, via the Emiliani’s Law, most public holidays are moved the following Monday so that work weeks are not interrupted. However, holiday dates such as Easter, Independence Day, the Immaculate Conception and Christmas are never changed. It has become a tradition in Colombia for everyone to take the entire week off during Easter week. Hence, businesses are usually closed for the whole week, only to re-open the following week.
Public Holiday Perks
These public holidays entitlements are in addition to the annual paid leave under the employee benefits in Colombia. Should an employer requests an employee to work on a public holiday, it must pay 150% of the rate for a regular working hour. Otherwise, public holidays and Sundays are mandatory days off for every employee in Colombia.
Doing Business in Colombia
Colombia’s conducive environment for business makes it a sweet destination for aspiring business owners to set up shop here. Here are some points to business in Colombia. Though traditionally their economy was based on agriculture, many other industries and services have recently joined the economic landscape. Leading the way in green and renewable energy, Colombia’s electricity is powered by hydroelectric generation. For business owners or operators wanting to serve the Earth better, Colombia ranks among the top 10 nations in the world in terms of sustainable and renewable energy efforts.